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Palo Alto College celebrates Women's History Month with a series of events which are free and open to the public.

Women's History Month Events

Lunch and Learn: Women Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, March 6   |   11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.   |   Legacy Room (Ozuna 101) 
A discussion panel featuring female entrepreneurs and leaders in San Antonio, including:

  • Lisa Andrade Gonima—Del Rey Express, Inc.
  • Bernadette Pena—Local entrepreneur and nonprofit manager
  • Marina Gonzales—First Latina CEO of CASA San Antonio; Former member of Centro Med board of directors

Chicana Movement Platica Panel: Women-Led Social Justice Activism in San Antonio

Wednesday, March 21   |   11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.   |   Legacy Room (Ozuna 101)
This panel builds on the narrative of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, also known as the Chicano Movement, of the 1960s and 1970s, which advocated for the civil rights of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the United States. While the Chicano Movement was largely made possible due to the efforts of Mexican and Mexican American/Chicana women, the historical narrative of this event has been largely characterized by male activist leaders such as Cesar Chavez, Reies Lopez Tijerina, and Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales. This panel aims to de-center the male-dominated narrative of activism to focus on the long-standing and continued efforts of female activists working on women-centered social justice issues in San Antonio. Panelists include:

  • Graciela Sanchez, E.D.—Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
  • Pat Castillo, E.D.—PEACE Initiative
  • Andrea Figueroa, E.D.—Martinez Street Women’s Center
  • Dr. Lori Rodriguez, assistant professor of Mexican American Studies at Palo Alto College

Career Network Series: STEM Panel

Thursday, March 22   |   Session 1: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. & Session 2: 12:30–2 p.m.   |   Legacy Room (Ozuna 101)
Women working STEM fields will discuss their careers and the significance of their work from a historical perspective. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Jessica Ibarra—Founding faculty of the School of Osteopathic Medicine at University of the Incarnate Word
  • Susana Mendiola—Enterprise Account Manager at Rackspace

Women in Logistics and Food Fair

Friday, March 23   |   9 a.m.–1 p.m.  |   Performing Arts Center Auditorium
Learn firsthand how Logistics women make the world go around. Participate in hands-on activities, hear from women in the industry, meet with Palo Alto College faculty, and enjoy a free luncheon. Attendees will see logistics in action by assisting the San Antonio Food Bank with its Food Fair distribution.

PAC Farmers Market: Health & Wellness Edition

Monday, March 26   |   9 a.m.–2 p.m.   |   Performing Arts Center Roundabout and Lobby 
Speak with representatives from various community health agencies to learn about keeping yourself healthy. Featuring on-site health services, food demos, fitness classes, and more!

Vendors include:

  • Advocacy: Palo Alto College Personal Counseling, Rise Recovery, Voices for Children of San Antonio
  • Health: Metro Health, Metro Health Healthy Start, San Antonio Aids Foundation, Southwest General Hospital, UHS UT Teen Health Clinic, UT Health
  • Female health: Christus Mobile Mammography Unit, San Antonio Birth Doulas
  • Fitness: Palo Alto College Athletics, San Antonio WINGS
  • Nutrition: Herbalife, San Anotnio Food Bank’s Mobile Mercado

#MeToo: Know Your Rights Discussion

Wednesday, March 28   |   11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  |   Legacy Room (Ozuna 101)
Local representatives from the justice system will discuss women’s rights and discuss their careers. Panelists include:

  • Yvette Marie Salinas—Family law and probate attorney
  • Detectives from the San Antonio Police Department


Women's History Month events are sponsored by Student Activities Fees.